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The Weekend Round-Up: October 27-29

Side Yards is full of oddball fun, a perfect precursor to Halloween!



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You’ll be screaming with joy about all the fantastic happenings this weekend, Halloween-inspired and then some. Happy Weekend!

Halloweekend
Where: Around the DMV
When: Troughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Break in the costumes and prep for Halloween on Tuesday all weekend long! There’s a scary amount of events and activities that celebrate the spooky spirit. Some are detailed below, and this post has details on even more happenings where the tricks and treats are going on.

Fall, Y’all!
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Celebrate the season at one of many area festivals. From pumpkin patches and apple picking to corn mazes and hayrides to giant slides and jumping pillows, there are activities galore that let you relish in the fun autumn brings. This post has details on where all the fall is happening.

Rosslyn Harvest Fest
Where: Central Place Plaza | Rosslyn, VA
When: Friday, 4-10pm & Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family for fun at Rosslyn’s first-ever Harvest Fest! Kids can don costumes and trick-or-treat across Rosslyn collecting candy and golden tickets for big prizes. Find unique gifts at the Arts & Crafts Market. Wander through an inflatable corn maze at Gateway Park and stick around for festivities like pumpkin games, face painting, and a magic show!

Food History Festival
Where: National Museum of American History
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Savor a full day of free activities for visitors of all ages that will spark conversations about the past, present, and future of food. Watch live cooking demonstrations, enjoy film screenings, take curator-led exhibition tours, partake in hands-on learning activities, see rarely-exhibited objects on display, and go on garden tours. (PS: On Friday evening, many local restaurants will feature a special dish inspired by American food history and the legacy of Julia Child, with proceeds supporting the Smithsonian Food History Project.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial 50th Anniversary
Where: Roosevelt Island | Across the Potomac, DC
When: Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free

It’s been 50 years since the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial (aka Roosevelt Island) was established to honor Teddy, and the National Park Service is celebrating with a day full of activities for all ages. Take an early morning bird walk, join ranger programs, meet a Theodore Roosevelt reenactor and Civil War reenactors, hear a children’s Teddy Bear story time, take tours of the Island, go on Island safari walks, play games, view exhibits, do some crafts, and more. Food vendors will be there, too. View the schedule of activities here.

Kids’ Day at the Washington International Horse Show
Where: Verizon Center | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

This fun, family-friendly event created to share the joy of horses with the local D.C. community and teach kids and their families about horses and equestrian sport. Children can participate in more than a dozen hands-on educational and fun activities, including pony rides, the Discovery Communications Horseless Horse Show, the Horse Stars Hall of Fame interactive exhibit, coloring station, face painting, pony brushing lessons from Clay Hill Stables, plus giveaways from Georgetown Cupcake. Klinger, the famous horse from the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, often attends as a special guest to greet the children. There’s even a pony kissing booth with Mini Cooper, the mini pony! 

The Rumpus Room
Where: U Street Music Hall | U Street Corridor, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $10

DC’s only daytime dance party for families, returns in time for Halloween! This October we’ll be getting (slightly) spooky in the club, so put on your costumes and come dance with us! Get ready for a dance floor filled with little ghosts, goblins, witches, dragons, and pumpkins of all ages. The soundtrack for the day will be a family-friendly mix of dance hits and Halloween classics, all at a kid-friendly volume. Rumpus Room is designed for kids 8 and under and their caregivers, but older siblings are welcome.

OAKtoberfest
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Saturday,
Admission: $20/child, $35/adult (to join the 5k)

Friends of the National Arboretum and the Washington Youth Garden present the first annual fall festival for the 2017 OAKtoberfest and 5k Fun Run on October 28, 2017 at the U.S. National Arboretum. The 5k course will showcase DC’s amazing fall foliage while winding through forests and fields- all on paved, uninterrupted paths. Stay the rest of the afternoon for a children’s tree climb, a kids’ bike rodeo, walking and bicycle tours, food trucks, and live music!

Fall Frolic
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free, but small cost for some activities

It’s a safe and fun Halloween event with something for everyone! Daytime activities for families will include pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts, face painting, trick-or-treating, and a costume parade around the Park.

KinderCare Learning Campus Grand Opening
Where: Franklin Farm KinderCare Campus | Herndon, VA
When: Saturday, October 28, 10am – 1pm
Tickets: Free

Help KinderCare celebrate the grand re-opening of their Franklin Farm campus! They’re proud to introduce the community to their new campus, which features lower class sizes and an individualized approach to learning that helps children reach milestones and become lifelong learners! Take a tour of the infant cottage and Kindergarten prep school, meet the talented teachers, and learn all about the curriculum. Enjoy a day of fun for the whole family – they’ve got lots to explore. Get into the fall spirit with a pumpkin patch and petting zoo, be amazed by magician Wacky Willy Woo Woo, take a spin on our hayride, and more! Food and drinks will be served, too. The Franklin Farm KinderCare Campus is located at 13228 Franklin Farm Road in Herndon, VA. RSVP here.

Kids Euro Festival
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

It’s another weekend of the series that’s essentially a passport to artistic adventures, as the 10th Annual Kids Euro Festival brings continental entertainment right to DC. More than 70 free performances all around the metro area — musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers, and more — are performing at a variety of venues around the city through November 5. See what’s on the schedule over the next few days.

Show Time
Where: Theatres around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Creep into the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center for the NSO’s annual Halloween Spooktacular
* Reserve free tickets for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* Arrrgh! It’s the final weekend to see How I Became a Pirate at Adventure Theatre
* The Adventures of Peter Pan just opened at Synetic Theatre– and it’s wonderful! (Read the KFDC review here.)
* Take yourselves out for a grown-up night to see The Book of Mormon at the Kennedy Center
* Or bring kids ages 9+ to the Kennedy Center for Grey Skies Blue
* Enjoy Primary Blues: Blues 10 for Families1 at Strathmore
* The Smartest Girl on the World is on the Imagination Stage
* Pinnochio is running at The Puppet Co. (no lie!)
* And little ones will love World on a String, the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater
* Our Town is still on stage at the Olney Theatre
* Art on the Horizon’s adorable Drumming with Dishes is now in DC at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
* Go KidFree to Arena Stage for The Price
* Or have a date night at the Lansburgh Theatre for The Lover & The Collection

Virginia Tech Maker Festival
Where: Northern Virginia Center | Falls Church, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Get ready for hands-on experiences, live performances, and interactive demonstrations that will inspire a wonder in science. The National Capital Region’s 3rd Annual Maker Festival day is full of fascinating, interactive activities for all ages. Be part of the festival fun!

Family Fun Day
Where: Theatre on the Run | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Admission: $15

Join Jane Franklin Dance for a Family Fun Day! The public is invited to enjoy two performances, including a premier of their newest work, Complete Dogness. Prior to the first show there will be movement classes for both parents and kids, and the shows will conclude with a free snack and a chance to meet the cast of the show! PS: KFDC readers can get a 15% discount on an upcoming show using the code BITS.

Side Yards
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 5-9pm
Admission: Free

The fourth annual sideshow extravaganza, Side Yards, is back at Yards Park! The evening of all-ages quirky amusement will feature an aerialist, escape artists, poi spinning, contortionists, fire artists, and more attention grabbing acts. Enjoy the thrills and entertainment on the boardwalk along the river. Food and drinks will be available for purchase or plan to dine at one of many nearby eateries.

Furr-tastic Felines
Where: Freer|Sackler Galleries | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

On National Cat Day, join the Freer|Sackler for free family activities inspired by the exhibition Divine Felines. Take a tour into the past and learn about cats in ancient Egypt (12:30pm & 2:30pm). Then, head to the studio to make cat mummies and amulets to protect your Halloween treats. From 12–3pm, a Smithsonian conservator will demo how to care for mummified objects and share X-ray scans of objects on display. Halloween costumes encouraged! Candy generously provided by Mars, Inc. All ages welcome with adult companions.

Mini Golf Fore Good
Where: Adventure Theatre MTC Academy | Rockville, MD
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $10

Join Adventure Theatre for their Mini Golf Fore Good fundraiser, an event that will benefit DC area kids through their theatre programs, classes, and camps! The ATMTC Academy studios at Wintergreen Plaza in Rockville will be transformed into an 18-hole mini golf course for families to swing their way through. There will also be a Halloween costume contest, a Tricky Tray for a chance to win amazing prizes, fun giveaways, snacks, and more!

Creepy Critters
Where: Locust Grove Nature Center | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 2-3pm
Admission: Free


Spiders, bats, and toads… do these critters give you the jitters? We’ll celebrate nature’s creepiest with crafts, games, and live animal encounters. What cool secrets will they reveal? This free program requires registration for each participating child. Recommended for ages 4 – 10.


Leaf Peep on the Trail
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Take in the brilliant color spectrum of autumn and get a little exercise to boot on a family hike. From right here in the city to country locales, you’ve got your pick of places where you can enjoy the fall foliage and some time outdoors. This post about good area hikes with kids started in the early KFDC days, and with many new recommendations added since, there are lots of great trails to make for happy trampers.

Recreation on Ice
Where: Local ice rinks | Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

The outdoor ice skating season around DC has begun! A few local rinks are welcoming skaters to glide away under the sky, and indoor rinks also host public skate sessions. See this post with details on where you can enjoy some cool recreation.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* DC Pediatric Smiles will be hosting a Halloween Candy Buyback On Thursday, November 2 from 3-6pm, to help keep kids’ teeth clean and healthy!  Keep a few special treats and bring the rest to them — they’ll buy Halloween candy for $1 per pound!
* Registration is open for the Polar Bear Plunge, where participants will raise money for Special Olympics DC by jumping into pools of ice-cold water at Nationals Park, taking place February 10, 2018.
* The Washington Posts’s On Parenting blog has a new write-up about this wonderful storytelling podcast for kids.
* Murder is Her Hobby, a new exhibit at the Renwick Gallery featuring dollhouse-sized recreations of real crime scenes, makes for a great KidFree outing.
* Maketto on H Street is one of my new dinner faves. (I’ve loved their lunch for awhile now, too.)
* My friend, Beth, wrote this beautiful open letter to her girls on her blog (and it made me cry).

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The Weekend Round-Up:
October 20-22

Just hangin’ with a friend at Congressional Cemetery, where they’re hosting Soul Strolls this weekend



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Between early Halloween celebrations and quintessential fall fun — and even more beyond that — there are so many fantastic ways to enjoy DC over the next few days. Happy Weekend!

Boo at the Zoo
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: $20/members, $30/non-members

The National Zoo’s annual not-so-spooky haunt is one of DC’s most popular Halloween events for the kiddie crowd. With more than 40 treat stations (for adults, too!), animal demonstrations, keeper chats, live entertainment (including kids scary-oke), pumpkin carving demos, and decorated trails, this frightfully fun evening is a treat for the whole family. Costumes encouraged!

$2 Family Fun Night
Where: Port Discovery | Baltimore, MD
When: 
Friday, 4 – 8pm 

Admission: $2

It’s a special Target $2 Family Fun Night at the children’s museum in Baltimore! Enjoy three floors of interactive exhibits along with fun and engaging programs for just a couple of bucks per person. Join in Circle Time, take part in Create and Read! activities, and learn about animals with the Maryland SPCA. Plus, enjoy a visit from The Maryland Book Bank, who will be providing books to children and families in attendance.

Juggle Jam
Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 6pm
Admission: $5 suggested donation

Throw caution to the weekend! Conquer the thrilling challenge of juggling with veteran juggler Christian Kloc. This workshop begins with a short demo, moves into some goofy warm-ups, then puts juggling props in your hands and offers pro tips to jumpstart your newfound circus habit. After practicing controlled chaos, put on a show with your fellow jugglers and get the thundering applause you deserve! All ages are welcome. Equipment is provided. Wear comfortable clothes that allow relaxed movements.

Soul Strolls
Where: Congressional Cemetery | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 7-10pm & Saturday, 6-10pm
Admission: $20/adult, $10/child

Congressman, carpenters, suffragists, and bootleggers are among the graveyard residents on Capitol Hill, and they all have a unique tale to tell. Congressional Cemetery’s annual Soul Strolls explore these stories through guided tours and costumed interpreters. Typically only open from dawn to dusk, this special event allows nighttime access to the public. Hour-long walks depart every 15 minutes 7-10pm on Friday and 6-9pm on Saturday, with beer, wine, and cider will be for sale (to put you at ease among the spirits).

(Un)Common Threads
Where: GWU Museum & Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 10am-4pm
Admission: Free

Bring your friends and family for a day of art, music, and thinking outside the box at this special Family Day at the fantastic yet under-the-radar museum. Meet Box Project artist Ai Kijima and watch her turn second-hand scraps of fabric into spunky, vibrant collages. Delve deeper into the captivating exhibition with a scavenger hunt (11am – 2pm). And if you’re feeling inspired, put your own creative spin on The Box Project challenge by designing your own box to take home.

Fall Harvest Family Days

Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $18/adults, $9/kids 6-11, free/under 6 (online)

Celebrate the autumn season at George Washington’s old digs! Watch as a replica of one of Washington’s boats launches into the Potomac River with a costumed crew. Enjoy autumn activities, including wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th-century dancing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, farrier (blacksmithing), corn husk dolls demonstrations and early-American games and music. And Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price this weekend only! 

Kids Euro Festival
Where: Around the DC-Metro
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Consider this your passport to two weeks of artistic adventures, as the 10th Annual Kids Euro Festival kicks off Saturday, bringing continental entertainment right to DC. This is the first weekend of the event that will present loads of free performances all around the metro area. Musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers are just a few of the exciting acts that will perform at a variety of venues through November 5. This weekend alone, enjoy a German story time, see films from Croatia and France, mix it up at a Polish chemistry workshop, and more. Explore the full schedule here.

Air and Scare
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 12-5:30pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15 until 6pm

See the spooky side of air and space at the Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center’s 11th Annual Air & Scare! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Arrive in costume to get into the Halloween spirit and enjoy safe indoor trick-or-treating.

More Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This time of year is always a scream with loads of ways to get the Halloween party started early. From mini train rides through the woods to haunted tours to festivals inspired by the holiday, details on where the tricks and treats are happening can be found in this annual post.

18th Century Autumn Market Fair
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm | McLean, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: $8/adults, $3/ages 3-12, free for 2 and under

Enjoy the splendor of autumn at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm’s Autumn Market Fair. Watch colonial Virginia tradesman such as the blacksmith and try crafts such as spinning and dyeing. Learn to dip candles or turn a piece of wood on the carpenter’s lathe. See heritage breed animals including turkeys, pigs and chickens. Enjoy music, games, and dancing as well as interacting with colonial family members in costume and character. Savor spit roasted chicken, sausages, breads and cheeses, roasted olives, pies and other desserts. Colonial Tavern offers cask ale, beers, wine and mulled wine as well as authentic ginger ale. Period food, beverages, and wares available for purchase. It’s a fun and educational experience for the whole family!

Art Safari
Where: The Torpedo Factory | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Alexandria’s art-filled tradition for families returns for its 22nd year! Art Safari is a day of hands-on activities for kids and accompanying adults. Artists will lead young visitors in creative projects across a variety of media, including clay, fiber, painting, even bottle caps. There All activities are free, most of them appropriate for children ages 5 – 11 and some requiring parental assistance. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty.

DC||CX: DC Cyclocross Races
Where: Armed Forces Retirement Home | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Kids’ races and to spectate are FREE

Bicycles, cowbells, food trucks, and beer are all part of one of the largest, internationally-sanctioned cycling events in the Mid-Atlantic region, where top-level elite and amateur cyclocross athletes will compete in 36 categorized races over the two days. Kids can get in on the fun, too, both as spectators and in Lil’ Belgian races just for them (even better, registration is free for children ages nine and under). And the public is welcome to watch the action. Registration for junior and adult racers ranges from $15 to $50. BYO bicycles and helmets.

Wildlife Festival
Where: Patuxent Wildlife Refuge
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Discover groundbreaking research conducted at Patuxent! Activities include live animal displays, children’s crafts, tram tours, research exhibits, and behind-the-scenes tours of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center to see endangered whooping cranes and much more!

Show Time
Where: Theatres around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Say arrrgh! to How I Became a Pirate at Adventure Theatre
* Adventures of Peter Pan just opened at Synetic Theatre
* InterAct Story Theatre kicks off a new season of its Wheateon Family Theatre Series with The Town That Cried Avalanche
* Enjoy Robert Post’s Comedy Theatre for Kids at the Kennedy Center
* The Smartest Girl on the World is on the Imagination Stage
* Pinnochio is running at The Puppet Co. (no lie!)
* And little ones will love World on a String, the Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater
* Our Town is now on stage at the Olney Theatre
* Art on the Horizon’s adorable Drumming with Dishes closes after Saturday in Alexandria
* Make it a KidFree outing to Arena Stage for The Price or Native Gardens
* Or have a date night at the Lansburgh Theatre for The Lover & The Collection
* Death of a Salesman, on stage at Ford’s Theatre, is best for ages 13+
* the grandsons, jr. are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java

Kids in the Kitchen
Where: YMCA Anthony Bowen | Shaw, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Want your kids to eat smart and learn to make healthy lifestyle choices? Join The Junior League of Washington at Kids in the Kitchen on Saturday for a fun-filled day of games, crafts, hands-on learning, and exciting prizes – all to celebrate and promote nutritional literacy. This free kids health and nutrition event is targeted at children ages 3-13. The Anthony Bowen Y is located at 1325 W Street NW.

Last Call for Merriment
Where: Revel Grove in Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $25/age 16+, $10/age 7-15, free/under 7

It’s the final weekend of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the annual faire that recalls medieval times with an English Tudor village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. I highly, highly recommend going if you haven’t been yet. And I recommend getting tickets online in advance — they could sell out. Huzzah!

Pumpkin Pony Rides
Where: Rock Creek Horse Center | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Sunday
Admission: $30

Make a reservation and dress the kiddos in costumes for this special fall treat at the Rock Creek Horse Center that combine pony rides, face painting, and games. Rides through the woods this time of year will be as pretty as they are fun and ideal for little riders. Costumes should be safe for riding. Plan to make time to hang out longer at Rock Creek to enjoy some nature fun!

Pumpkin Palooza
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate all things fall at The Wharf! Get in the Halloween spirit with pumpkin bowling, a pumpkin pie-eating contest, and a Halloween costume contest for pets, plus live music by Trailer Grass Orchestra and fall brews in our Waterfront Beer & Wine Garden on Transit Pier. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the headless horseman, who will make appearances along the pier.

Cider Days
Where: Locust Grove Nature Center | Bethesda, MD
When Saturday & Sunday, 2-3:30p
Admission: $7

Fall is the perfect time to sip on fresh apple cider! At Locust Grove Cider Days learn about pollination and the history of apples. You will get to press your own apples in our hand cranked press and then sample the cider and discover some lesser-known apple varieties. Space is limited, so registration required

DC Play Day
Where: Oxon Run Park | Southeast DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join 8 Arts & Culture for a day full of play for all! There will be all kinds of activities to engage families with fun and fitness aimed to inspire health and wellness. Last year’s Play Day impacted over 400 people, from toddlers to seniors. Have fun and help make this year’s event a success, too! Register here.

STEM Middle School Showcase
Where: Union Station, DC
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Meet 30 young scientists and engineers who are changing the world with their STEM projects at the 2017 Broadcom MASTERS Science and Engineering Project Showcase. Selected out of nearly 2,500 applicants, these middle school innovators will demonstrate their exciting research projects as they compete for more than $100,000 in prizes.

Fall Jazz Night
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 4pm
Admission: Free

Jazz up your Saturday evening! The National Park Service, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, and DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative for a free family fun evening of sweet melodies while you picnic in the park and enjoy the sounds of performing artist JaneliaSoul. Read more about the hidden gem of a park in this KFDC post.

Space4: Arts Community Kickoff
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 6-8pm
Admission: Free

Join CulturalDC and Ward 6 community members to celebrate the launch of SPACE4: Visual Arts, DC’s first-ever mobile arts gallery! They turned a 40-foot shipping container into a fully-renovated, solar-powered exhibition space for local DC artists and can’t wait to share vibrant artistic experiences with communities across DC. This kickoff event will feature food, music, family-friendly performances, and an interactive installation by Salvatore Pirrone.

Fall Back to Bethesda Festival
Where: Rock Creek Mansion on Cedar Lane | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $10/child, free for adults

Celebrate fall with the whole family and support the Bethesda Fire Department, NIH Charities, and the metroBethesda Rotary Foundation at the second annual Fall Back to Bethesda Festival organized by metroBethesda Rotary in conjunction with Rock Creek Mansion and Activity Rocket. Join other families from Bethesda, and enjoy games, music, great food and a beautiful setting at Rock Creek Mansion on Cedar Lane. This festival will feature activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Taste of the Harvest
Where: THEARC | Anacostia, DC
When: Sunday, 4-8pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the fall harvest from 11th Street Bridge Park Plots and THEARC Farm! Free activities include live music, dance performances, garlic planting, food stories at the mobile porch, and tours of the farm. Bring snacks or a meal from home and join around a community table to enjoy samples from the gardens from 5-6pm Performances and activities will continue in the evening. RSVP here.

Oatlands Harvest Festival
Where: Oatlands Plantation | Leesburg, VA
When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $20/family, $10/individual

All ages can enjoy hayrides, a mansion walk-through tour, access to the garden and grounds, children’s activities, including a family fun scavenger hunt handout in the Carriage House, Corn Hole Contest and other games, and much more. It’s all included in the admission fee.

The Ins and Outs of DC
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

If you’re looking for activities outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

**PLAN AHEAD!**
Grand Opening Celebration
Where: British Swim School
When: Monday, October 23, 11am
Admission: Free

British Swim School, the pioneer of non-traditional infant/toddler water safety programs, is getting ready to open a new Gaithersburg location — and you’re invited to join the grand opening celebration on Monday! Stop by for interactive sessions with swim instructors, meet-and-greets with Mayor Jud Ashman and Gaithersburg Economic Development Director Tom Lonergan, FREE giveaways and enrollment offers, plus the chance to win great raffle prizes from Washingtonian Rio businesses!

KinderCare Learning Campus Grand Opening!
Where: Franklin Farm KinderCare Campus | Herndon, VA
When: Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tickets: Free

Help KinderCare celebrate the grand re-opening of their Franklin Farm campus! They’re proud to introduce the community to their new campus, which features lower class sizes and an individualized approach to learning that helps children reach milestones and become lifelong learners! Take a tour of the infant cottage and Kindergarten prep school, meet the talented teachers, and learn all about the curriculum. Enjoy a day of fun for the whole family – they’ve got lots to explore. Get into the fall spirit with a pumpkin patch and petting zoo, be amazed by magician Wacky Willy Woo Woo, take a spin on our hayride, and more! Food and drinks will be served, too. The Franklin Farm KinderCare Campus is located at 13228 Franklin Farm Road in Herndon, VA. RSVP here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* Start making some Thanksgiving plans: So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.) is holding the 16th annual Trot for Hunger on November 23, which includes a one-mile “Little Turkey” Kids Fun Run followed by a 5k run/walk and more festivities.
* DC Way Soccer is hosting a One Day Camp next Friday, October 27, when DCPS students are off from school. (FYI: My kids love their programs!)
* If you enjoy photographer Pete Souza’s work as much as I do, you may be excited to know his new book is being released November 7, and you can pre-order it now. (Also, his Instagram feed is fantastic!)
* Make some date night dinner plans! Tom Sietsema’s Fall Dining Guide, including a great Top 10 list of restaurants, is out.

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The Weekend Round-Up: October 13-15

Take to the water and take in the first tinges of fall colors





This weekend is jam-packed with awesome things to do! The opening of a new waterfront area and re-opening of a museum, opportunities to build and check out cool vehicles, seasonal celebrations, early Halloween fun, loads of live entertainment, outdoor recreation, and so much more. Happy Weekend!

The Wharf Kick Off Celebration
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Through the weekend
Admission: Free

Celebrate the grand opening of The Wharf in Southwest DC! The official kickoff already happened, and festivities will continue into the weekend through Sunday. Daytime and evening fireworks; lots of live performances, including Reptiles Alive and Tee Great Zucchini for kids; buskers and bubble artists; food tastes and treats; games along the waterfront; paddling and dragon boat experiences; and tons more. Expect a crowd, and plan on fun!

IlluminAsia
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 5pm – 12am & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the grand reopening of the Freer|Sackler at a festival featuring Asian art, food, and cultures. IlluminAsia will transform the museums’ grounds with an Asian food market, interactive cooking and art demonstrations, live music by members of the Silkroad Ensemble, and creations by local and international artists. Inside, visitors can experience the re-imagined galleries and innovative exhibitions, as well as performances, conversations, and other immersive activities for all ages.

Fall on the Farm
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: Thursday – Sunday
Admission: Free, but carnival ride passes are $16-25

Fall is a busy — and fun — time on the farm, and you can be part of it at Frying Pan’s annual festival! Carnival fun and games start Thursday with rides, games, fair food, and more. On Saturday & Sunday, you can also watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet farm animals, and see traditional farm demonstrations.

More Autumn Fun & Fests
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Say “huzzah!” to the Maryland Renaissance Festival, pick some pumpkins, get lost in corn mazes, go on and hayrides, whiz down giant slides, bounce around on jumping pillows, and so much more. There are activities galore to you embrace the autumn spirit, and the KFDC guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

The Big Build
Where: National Building Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

Any kid (or adult, for that matter) with an interest in building and construction will dig the National Building Museum’s huge annual event celebrating all things, well, building. The Great Hall will be full of different stations where guests aren’t just welcome, but encouraged, to try their hand at all kinds of construction and design techniques alongside experts demonstrating their craft. Meet plumbers, electricians, ironworkers, landscape architects, woodworkers, and experts in many other fields to learn about their professions and hobbies — and try working alongside them. All ages welcome, but best for kids 5-12.

DCschoolHub Preschool & Private School Fair
Where: Norbeck Country Club | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 9-11am
Admission: Free

The DCschoolHUB Preschool & Private School Fair will be experiential, fun, and a creative way to learn about area programs all in one day. More than 50 preschools and private schools from DC, Maryland, and Virginia will be represented. Education professionals ranging from Robbye Fox, the College Lady, to tutoring services, and even an expert on how to afford and maintain students in private school on a budget will also attend. In addition to table reps with handouts, select schools will be providing informational demonstrations on site.They will also have door prizes, giveaways, and more! Bring the whole family!

Kids in the Castle
Where: Heurich House Museum | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Heurich House Museum will once again open its doors for free, kid-friendly, self-guided tours. Kids in the Castle gives families the chance to explore the ornate details of the Heurich. Children and parents are invited to wander through the house at their own pace and complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes. Once visitors have finished their tour, they can relax and play games in the museum’s Castle Garden, enjoying the fall day in the convenient Dupont Circle oasis.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Halloween may not be for a few more weeks, but you can get the party started with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit. This post has details on where the tricks and treats are happening.

World of Wheels
Where: Dematha High School | Hyattsville, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Have your kids ever asked you to stop at construction site so they could get a better look at the bulldozer?  Is your child crazy for police cars?  Then you won’t want to miss Pepco’s World of Wheels for CASA! Court Appointed Special Advocate of Prince George’s County is hosting its annual World of Wheels for CASA, a touch-a-truck event and family festival. They’ll have a fleet of police, construction, utility and other vehicles for you to see, touch, and sit in., including custom “T-Bone” bikes and a police boat as well as fan favorites like the Pepco utility truck, Bates trucking trash truck and the Safeway tractor trailer. Adding to the excitement will be food, music, and an assortment of activities for kids of all ages. Dematha High School is located at 4313 Madison St. in Hyattsville, MD.

Truck Touch
Where: Suburban Nursery School | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5 (under 2 are free)

 Make way for the Suburban Nursery School 10th Annual Truck Touch, one of the best fall events for families in the DC Metro. Join the fun to celebrate the coolest trucks around. In addition to trucks there will be cars, buses, food trucks, face painting, bounce houses, crafts, and more.  New this year we will  have a donation drive, so bring your (bagged) gently used clothing, toys and household items at the entrance. Items collected will help fund SNS. Tax receipts available.

Harry Potter Wizard School Scavenger Hunt
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $17.50/ages 10-17, $19.50/adult

Join Watson Adventures on a unique Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt that kids and adults will love! Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the National Gallery in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together (but all-adult teams are allowed to compete separately) Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Read about this super fun adventure in this KFDC post.

Show Time
Where: Theatres around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Say arrrgh! to How I Became a Pirate at Adventure Theatre
* Reserve FREE tickets for Traveling Lantern’s Robin Hood this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Peppa Pig Live! comes to Warner Theatre on Sunday
* Imagination Stage’s newest production The Smartest Girl on the World, begins this weekend
* Pinnochio just began its run at The Puppet Co. (no lie!)
* And little ones will love Baby Bear’s Birthday, the Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater
* Our Town is now on stage at the Olney Theatre
* Take the sippy cup set to Art on the Horizon’s adorable Drumming with Dishes in Alexandria
* Make it a KidFree outing to Arena Stage for The Price or Native Gardens
* Or have a date night at the Lansburgh Theatre for The Lover & The Collection
* Death of a Salesman, on stage at Ford’s Theatre, is best for ages 13+

Heritage Day
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Peirce Mill’s annual celebration of traditional crafts will have lots of fun, interesting things for kids to do and see. Master Weaver Chapuchi Bobbo Ahiagble from Ghana will demonstrate West African Kente strip cloth weaving, and the Needlechasers of Chevy Chase will have a quilting project for kids to make and take home.  More hands-on activities for children will be offered in a craft tent, and a blacksmith, a carpenter, bluegrass music, a cider press, and a corn sheller will be there, too. A food vendor will provide lunch options for hungry millers.

Heroes of Play 10k
Where: Anacostia Park | Southeast DC
When: Saturday, 7am registration, 8am race
Admission: $35

Walk or run to benefit children experiencing homelessness in DC. This 5k race, hosted by the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project welcomes participants of all ages and abilities to come out in support of play. Every penny raised will help fund programming – including field trips, healthy snacks and supplies – that directly benefits children and youth living in temporary housing. Participants who raise at least $100 will get the $35 registration fee refunded. Award-winning journalist Lesli Foster of WUSA9 as our Grand Marshal. She will kick off the event, and present prizes during the closing ceremony.

Opera Outside
Where: Meridian Hill Park | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

Washington Concert Opera and Washington Parks and People invites the public to a casual outdoor concert on the upper field of the park. Enjoy performances of operatic gems and other favorites by an ensemble of exciting rising stars. All ages and pets are welcome. Bring a blanket and/or chairs so you can enjoy the music in comfort!

You & Me Song Circle
Where: Avalon Theatre | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: $8 ($6.50 members)

You and your child are invited to join in the wild rumpus in this fun, interactive musical experience with Imagination Stage! In this workshop, an Early Childhood Teaching Artist accompanied by a live percussionist guides you through a musical exploration of the classic children’s story Where the Wild Things Are.

Fall for the Book Festival
Where: George Mason University | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Free

This literary festival based at George Mason University and locations around Northern Virginia features headliners that include Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Colson Whitehead, New York Times bestselling author Mohsin Hamid, and New York Times bestselling author Lev Grossman, among others. It’s also a family-friendly outing with a robust list of poets, historians, novelists, memoirists, political journalists, graphic novelists, children’s authors, YA writers, cookbook authors, and more. And for the first time, Fall for the Book is partnering with the City of Fairfax’s Fall Festival on Saturday to bring a day of literary and artistic events to audiences from throughout the region.

Cider Days

Where: Locust Grove Nature Center | Bethesda, MD
When Saturday & Sunday, 2-3:30p
Admission: $7

Fall is the perfect time to sip on fresh apple cider! At Locust Grove Cider Days learn about pollination and the history of apples. You will get to press your own apples in our hand cranked press and then sample the cider and discover some lesser-known apple varieties. Registration required, as space is limited.

All Aboard for a Model Train Open House 
Where: Historic Depot of the W&OD Railroad | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Chug on down to Vienna to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s, the Western North Carolina (WNC).  As described in Model Railroader magazine, every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything. To satisfy popular demand, expect an occasional sighting of Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, VA.

Go with the Flow
Where: Waterways around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by boathouse

Enjoy the weekend on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go, and you can also paddle from nearby Thompson Boathouse and Ballpark Boathouse next to Yards Park. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with free pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45. If you’re up for a bigger excursion, you can rent your own pontoon at Solomons Island. And you can see where else you can explore by water in this round-up of great places to row.

World of Montgomery Festival
Where: Montgomery College | Rockville, MD
When: Sunday, 12- 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the rich diversity of the DC area at the 9th annual World of Montgomery Festival with multicultural music, food, dance, exhibits, and hands-on activities. In the spotlight this year are the cultures of China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and India, which are the four largest immigrant populations in MoCo. Join an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, dance with a Chinese dragon, see henna art painting, enjoy live perfromances on two stages, explore the Global Spice Market, watch international chefs in the Global Kitchen, try your own hand at making tortillas, rice balls, and roti — and much more!

Cardboard Day of Play
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child

Enjoy an afternoon of imaginative play as Annmarie Scupture Garden participates in the Global Cardboard Challenge. The Main Gallery of the Arts Building will be transformed into a cardboard wonderland as families build, create, and play their way through awesome amusements, art activities, cardboard construction, creative play, and tons of tinkering. Stop by one of several art stations to create your own cardboard masterpiece. Visit Cardboard City, the Cardboard Farm, or let little engineers build and tinker in the cardboard construction zone! Go ahead of the event for even more artistic delights at Annmarie.

Family Fun Day with Frederick
Where: Frederick Douglass House | Anacostia, DC
When: Sunday, 3-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Park Service to celebrate the life of abolitionist, author, activist, and statesman Frederick Douglass. Enjoy a fun afternoon of house tours, games, living history programs, music, and dramatic performances on two stages and porch stage performances. Douglass was the minister to Haiti, so there will be Haitian Dance lessons, followed by a Haitian band performance. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the park grounds or plan to buy concessions from food trucks available just outside the park gate. 

Think Outside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It may not be ideal autumn weather, but it’s beginning to look like the season at least. Get out and enjoy the first tinges of color on a hike, in a garden, exploring a park or historical site, or playing a sport. This post has tons of recommendation for great places to hang outside.

Inside Scoop
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If you want to plan an indoor outing, this post has over 90 ideas for places to go, all of them taking place inside.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* Dr. Christina Johns of PM Pediatrics just contributed an informative guest post about respiratory medicines.
* Tickets for Spirit of Autumn, the new seasonal exhibit at ARTECHOUSE, are going fast, so be sure to get yours if you want to go before it closes November 5!
* A new 30 Days of Dinner was recently posted on Not-So-SAHM, and there are some really tasty-sounding recipes among the meals.
* If you like to shop online, this is a service you need to know about.
* NPR All Songs Considered is running a little poll on songs should be “retired” — and giving you a chance to nominate tunes that should be over, too.

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The Weekend Round-Up: October 6-9

Game tickets or not, show your love for the Nats this weekend!



There’s plenty going on to fill your long weekend — and I’m sure this is one when many of us feel especially appreciative of the extra quality time with our fams. Happy Weekend!

Natitude
Where: Nationals Park & Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

It’s playoff time! If, like me, you weren’t lucky enough to score seats through official Nationals sales, you still may be able to go. Tickets are available through multiple online outlets — you can find links to some of them here (but note that you definitely won’t be getting any discounts this time). If you want to watch and work your Natitude, but don’t want to splurge on actually going to the game, many venues in the Capitol Riverfront ‘hood are hosting playoff food & drink specials and more fun.

Celebrate the Season
Where: Around the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy autumn fun and then some at a number of farms around the area. Pick pumpkins, whiz down slides, visit animals, jump on giant inflatables, take pony rides, indulge in caramel apples, and much more. This guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Get the Halloween party started early with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit throughout October. This post has details on where all the tricks and treats are happening.

Taste of DC
Where: RFK Stadium | Northeast, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Start at $10

Celebrate the food, wine, and culture of our city this weekend. Along with the obvious — tastings from more than 65 area restaurants — there will be cooking demos, live entertainment, a beer garden, and an area with activities especially for kids, including dancing, games, storytelling, arts & crafts, and more.

Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at SAAM! Dance in the courtyard, create colorful crafts, and participate in a museum-wide scavenger hunt. Discover works by Latino artists, which are part of a major initiative at the museum to build a significant collection of Latino art in the nation’s capital. 

Block Party
Where: Anacostia Community Museum | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Join the museum in celebrating 50 years of being the premier cultural institution east-of-the-river! Live performances on an outdoor stage include Experience Unlimited with Sugar Bear, 17th Street Dance of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, Pepe González, the Wong People, Garfield Elementary School Band, Crazee Praize Nation, The JoGo Project, and Tradiciones Bolivianas. There will also be food trucks, art activities for kids, storytelling, a vendor’s marketplace, special appearance by WPGC-FM morning host Joe Clair, and more.

Grand Opening Celebration
Where: Sew Creative Lounge | Mt. Ranier, MD
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the grand opening of Sew Creative Lounge! This will be a day of fun sewing and craft activities for all ages, plus discounts on registration if you mention KidFriendly DC! It’s also a great time to meet teachers and see some of the projects made in the children’s classes. Sew Creative Lounge is located at 3711 Rhode Island Ave, Mt. Rainier, MD.

Supernatural Shakespeare
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am & 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Shake up your Saturday with a workshop at the Folger! These programs occurring on the first Saturday of every month, encourage families to experience Shakespeare’s language together. This session, get spooky with Shakespeare’s ghosts and witches. “Eye of newt and toe of frog!” Register here.

Taste of Bethesda
Where: Woodmont Triangle | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but you pay for food samples

According to some stats, Bethesda has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the U.S. Accurate or not, DC’s suburban neighbor definitely has a food scene worth celebrating. The 27th year of Bethesda’s famous food and music festival will bring 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment. Along with food samples and live entertainment, there will be a kid’s corner for face painting, arts & crafts, and more fun for young ones. Admission is free, and taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5.

Art on the Avenue
Where: Mount Vernon Ave | Del Ray, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the diversity of Alexandria’s Del Ray community at this multicultural arts festival. Over 300 artists – jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, sculptors, fabric artists, and musicians – will have their work on display and for sale. And kids activities have always been a vital part of the festival – scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin painting, lotus flower design, screen art weaving are just some of the crafts to enjoy. Food vendors will also be there offering hot dogs, BBQ, Indian fare, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, and home made cider donuts.

Spirit of Autumn
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $8/child, $12-20/adult

The new exhibition from ARTECHOUSE, Spirit of Autumn is kind of like entering a seasonal dreamworld. From floor-to-ceiling imagery projected onto the walls to audio of birds singing to opportunities to “play” in leaves, the large-scale installation captures quintessential fall with an enchanting multi-sensory experience for all ages. See fall leaves, including some created by you, swirl on walls and manipulate them with your movements. Make it rain and thunder with the clap of your hands. Watch autumn leaves spread across the floor as you wander through them. It’s immersive, beautiful, and enchanting for all.

Show Time
Where: Theatres around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* The Kennedy Center presents Night Train 57: A Sensory-Friendly Folk Opera featuring kids fave Dan Zanes
* Say arrrgh! to How I Became a Pirate at Adventure Theatre
* Imagination Stage’s newest production The Smartest Girl on the World, begins this weekend
* Pinnochio just began its run at The Puppet Co. (no lie!)
* And little ones will love Baby Bear’s Brithday, the Tiny Tots show at the puppet theater
* Our Town is now on stage at the Olney Theatre
* Take the sippy cup set to Art on the Horizon’s adorable Drumming with Dishes in Alexandria
* Catch The Cashore Marionettes at Publick Playhouse on Saturday
* Make it a KidFree outing to Arena Stage for Native Gardens
* Or have a date night at the Lansburgh Theatre for The Lover & The Collection
* Puppet Playhouse presents Jungle of Bungaloo at Encore Stage & Studio
* Death of a Salesman, on stage at Ford’s Theatre, is best for ages 13+
* Spend Columbus Day with Rocknocerous at Jammin’ Java – they’re playing a Monday morning show!

Get Merry at Ren Fest
Where: Revel Grove | Crownesville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $22/age 16+, $10/age 7-15, free/6 & under

There are only a couple of weekends left to enjoy the bounty of merriment at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The annual faire recalls medieval times with a village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. This is one of my very favorite events in the DC area, and it could very well become one of yours, too. Huzzah!

Sugar Skulls Painting
Where: Art Jamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 12:30-2pm
Admission: $33-38

Kids can get creative at this painting class for a deathly good time creating their very own bright and colorful sugar skull painting in this class just for young artists. Plan to get messy and have fun!

PorchFest
Where: Adams Morgan, DC
When: Saturday, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Get the best seats in the house (or on the sidewalk) as the front porches of homes and maybe a few local businesses are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. Enjoy a variety of music styles from over 30 bands playing on porches, patios, and stoops in the neighborhood. Music maps will be available at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW on Porchfest Day.

Day in the Park
Where: Stead Park | Northwest, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Washington Jewish Music Festival welcomes all to a fun-filled day in the park. Bring the whole family for a Sukkot celebration featuring games, kids’ activities, and musical performances by Mister G and Joanie Leeds!

College Park Day
Where: 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive | College Park, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Join the College Park community in the 8th annual festival celebrating the city! The day will feature live entertainment on two stages, free admission to the College Park Aviation Museum, arts & crafts, dancing, public safety agencies, a health expo area, Maryland mascots, and the Tour de College Park — a family-friendly bike ride around town. Take the littles to the Kids Zone for a 83-foot air craft carrier obstacle course, a climbing wall, pumpkin and face painting, and so much more.

Opus 1
Where: Merriweather | Columbia, MD
When: Saturday, 4-11pm
Admission: Free

The inaugural art, music, and technology experience celebrates the art of sound with immersive art installations, mesmerizing music performances, and treetop projection mapping. Activations for all ages include an live enertainment in inflatable pavilion bedecked with light and projection, hands-on arts workshops, interactive games, a pep band march for all festival-goers, a culinary village, and more.

Walks in the Woods
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy the season and some active fun. See the very beginning of fall foliage, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor the time outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods with the kids.

Harvest Festival
Where: Agricultural History Farm Park | Derwood, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $15/car

Get a taste of farm life from the 1850s to present through a day of hands-on activities and experiences on a working farm. The Agricultural History Farm Park is situated on 455 acres of land in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve and serves as a historic farm site as well as a modern farming activity center. Activities include hayrides, live farm animals, corn maze, farm tours, antique farm equipment, garden tours.

Kinderfest
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Head to Watkins Regional Park for the 35th Annual Kinderfest, a day focused on children that takes place every year on the first Sunday in October. The scores of events and activities to entertain the whole family include clowns and costumed characters, singers and dancers, pony and hay rides, carnival games, scarecrow workshops, sweet and savory refreshments, and spins on the famous Watkins carousel and miniature train. Admission to the event is free, but some activities require a fee. Read more about Watkins here.

***More Good Stuff to Know***
* Puerto Rico still needs help. If you want to know how you can contribute, PBS shares some good info.
* This is a great website to check out right now.
* The fifth annual Race for Every Child 5K run/walk and Kids’ Dash, which benefits Children’s National Health System, will take place Saturday, October 21. Sign up soon – registration closes October 12!
* Looking for a new podcast? Find some good recommendations here.
* Menomale in Brookland has delicious oven-fired pizza and more tasty food all ages will dig.
* DC school HUB is hosting a free Preschool & Private School Fair next Saturday, October 14 from 9-11 AM at Norbeck Country Club in Rockville. 
* My friend Margaret, a very talented architect and design consultant, just started a blog about (re)building her new home. Follow along as she documents the whole journey — she’s super cool, charming, and funny, so I know it’s going to be a great read!

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